General News

No10: The PM joined a meeting between FCO Minister Henry Bellingham and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Navin Ramgoolam, in Downing Street recently to sign an agreement which will allow the Royal Navy to transfer suspected pirates to Mauritius for prosecution.
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BIS: Entrepreneur & founder of School for Startups, Doug Richard, is to lead an independent review into the future of apprenticeships for the Government. The Richard Review of Apprenticeships marks the continuation of his involvement in enterprise policy.
 
He previously published the Richard Report in 2008 - his investigation into the British government’s support of small businesses. Earlier this year he partnered with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to stage his ‘Web Fuelled Business’ initiative – a nationwide series of bootcamps helping small businesses exploit and leverage the internet. The review should report in Autumn 2012.
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TfL: London has become the first city in the UK to charge utility companies for the amount of time that they dig up the Capital's busiest roads.  The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has championed the scheme and expects it to help cut congestion on the Capital's roads by encouraging companies to carry out works in less disruptive ways. 
 
As of last week TfL is able to charge utility firms up to £2,500 a day for working in congested areas and at busy times of the day.   The scheme covers over 200 miles (57%) of the TfL road network, covering the areas most susceptible to major roadwork disruption.
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ACE: Two new productions from The Globe Theatre's Globe to Globe season are part of the content available The Space free digital arts service. The Globe to Globe season, which is part of the London 2012 Festival World Shakespeare Festival, has seen 37 of Shakespeare's plays translated into 37 languages and performed by artists from across the world.
 
Now that the season has come to an end, The Space is the place to catch up on any you've missed.  All the faithful performances are subtitled and the interpretations feature on-screen synopses.
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TfLTransport for London (TfL) has set out the detailed plans for implementation & operation of the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and provided important advice for motorists in the run-up to and during the London 2012 Games.
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ScotGov: Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, has refused planning consent for a proposed wind farm at Spittal Hill, Caithness. The Energy Minister found that the impact of the proposed wind farm on the occupants of nearby properties was too high, and that the cumulative impact of the wind farm on views when considered together with existing and consented wind farms nearby, was too high.
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NE: Last week saw the official opening ceremony for the Pennine Bridleway as President of The British Horse Society, Martin Clunes, cut the ribbon at Far Moor Bridge, near Selside in North Yorkshire.  It is the only National Trail specifically designed for horse-riders, but also offers a fabulous route for mountain-bikers & walkers. 
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FSAR&R Ice Cream Ltd has taken the precautionary measure of recalling from customers 3 varieties of multipack Chokablok ice cream bought from Tesco & One Stop stores. Due to a production fault, the products might contain pieces of broken lolly stick.
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PCS: Last week saw World Day Against Child Labour which highlights the fact that the rights of hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are violated as they are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms. The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of these children.
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OSOrdnance Survey and GeoPlace have welcomed the Cabinet Office’s call for greater use of Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) across the public sector, to support the move towards individual electoral registration (IER).
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ACE: Last week Arts Council England announced further details of their Renaissance Strategic support fund, which is part of their wider Renaissance programme for regional museums. The funds will be invested in geographic locations not served by other Major partner funding, and will support specific areas of work that demonstrate innovation, resilience & sustainability, encouraging collaboration within the museums sector in England.
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ScotGov: Each year around 160m nappies are sent to rubbish dumps in Scotland, but a pilot scheme in 4 Scottish councils could put an end to that. Over the next few weeks a disposable nappy recycling scheme will be offered to around 36,000 homes in Fife, Stirling, Perth & Kinross and North Lanarkshire.

This scheme will establish whether it is practical to offer a more widespread service in the future. The nappies will be recycled to create a range of products including park benches, garden furniture, decking, bollards, railway sleepers, fencing, roof tiles and cardboard.
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